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cleaning dust in the bathroom

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TheMD Sat 22-Mar-14 22:34:21

I use a generic bathroom surface cleaning spray and a cloth to clean the toilet, sink etc. I am incredibly annoyed that the dust (because there rarely any actual dirt iyswim) just gathers on the surface and doesn't stick to the cloth: I end up pushing it around the surface with a cloth and cleaning 2 small bathrooms takes absolute ages. What am I doing wrong?

olbasoil Sat 22-Mar-14 22:41:51

Oh that's annoying. What sort of cloth doyou use? I use E cloths/muslin/old terry nappies. I personally find J cloths useless.

TheMD Sun 23-Mar-14 00:18:57

Olbasoil - I use a micro fibre cloth atm but I find this happens with sponges and other "normal" cloths as well! Does muslin/terry pick up the dust?

PigletJohn Sun 23-Mar-14 11:20:40

Spontex Moppets or own-brand cellulose sponge, with warm water and half a drop of WUL.

The yellow plastic sponges don't work as well, nor do blue and white wipers.

PigletJohn Sun 23-Mar-14 11:21:46

Why couldn't I remember the name J-cloth?

chemenger Sun 23-Mar-14 11:30:47

Our bathroom is very dusty. I blame the extractor fan which creates a flow of air from the rest of the house which then goes up through the bathroom and drops all the dust it is carrying in there. I find dry dusting first before wiping with a damp cloth is most effective, otherwise the dust just forms dust dunes and stays stuck on surfaces. I usually Hoover as much as I can in there too.

PigletJohn Sun 23-Mar-14 11:34:42

Your bathroom is dusty because when in there, you rub your skin with towels, and this exfoliates the dead skin cells.

ihatethecold Sun 23-Mar-14 11:37:28


PigletJohn Sun 23-Mar-14 11:46:51

True though.

Koothrapanties Sun 23-Mar-14 11:50:11

I think it's sock fluff. Its not skin because its always black bits in my bathroom. It drives me potty! I usually Hoover with the brush thing whenever I put the Hoover round to stay on top of it. Then when I clean there is less to push around. You are right, j cloths are useless.

Lweji Sun 23-Mar-14 11:50:39

It's a combination of the damp, the skin cells and fibres from the towels.
It forms a paste on the surface rather than your normal dry dust which also has skin cells, btw.

olbasoil Sun 23-Mar-14 14:02:15

Yes, muslin squares/terries make great cleaning clothes. The best thing to use on the surfaces though ( but be very careful not to spray it on the floor) is good old Mr Sheen. It's especially good on the shower screen.

Gatekeeper Sun 23-Mar-14 14:08:40

so glad you posted this op as i was grumbling on about this just the other day; microfibre cloths are tripe at cleaning dust. Will try the sponge thing, ta!

hugoagogo Sun 23-Mar-14 17:31:04

This drives me mad, I get cat hairs in the mix too as my cat loves the bathroom, the little furry weirdo. grin

I find the only thing that works is to clean everything with a cloth and soapy water then sort of polishing with a dry terry cloth afterwards to remove the fluff- I use asda smartprice hand towels.

Mandy2003 Mon 24-Mar-14 11:08:07

I work as a cleaner and hate J Cloths with a passion! I call them snot cloths because of the way they feel when they're wet grin

For bathroom surfaces I use a cellulose sponge as described, gather up all the dust on it and run it under the tap to sloosh it down the sink. Then I use a washing up sponge with Flash Bathroom everywhere, Cillit Bang around the base of taps and any limescaley areas (old toothbrush if necessary). Use a squeegee on shower screens, polish tiles with an ecloth. Use an old flannel to dry the sink and bath.

ihatethecold Mon 24-Mar-14 15:04:19

Very thorough Mandy

Mandy2003 Mon 24-Mar-14 15:07:31

Yes, I get paid an hour to clean this bathroom so I've had to make up ways to use up the time. I clean my bathroom at home like this about twice a year wink

WillSingForCake Mon 24-Mar-14 16:51:14

A lot of dust in bathrooms is fibres from the toilet roll, especially the cheaper brands.

Mandy2003 Mon 24-Mar-14 17:23:31

Yes I agree. It would be interesting to compare bathrooms that do not contain WCs with those that do.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 25-Mar-14 08:38:25

I just vacuum with the small brush attachment & then wipe with ecloths.

PigletJohn Tue 25-Mar-14 09:46:58

an effective extractor fan does suck quite a lot out. If you ever have the opportunity to change or clean a bathroom fan or duct you will find it thick with grey skin dust.

PublicEnemyNumeroUno Tue 25-Mar-14 22:07:02

My bathroom and toilet are seperate, my toilet is always covered in dust, my bath however is not. So im guessing its from toilet roll

I wipe the toilet down with a cloth or sponge then go over it with kitchen roll as the dust tends to stick to it, works for me.

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